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July 3, 2019

There’s beauty in the fact that London’s Magnificent Seven Cemeteries are teeming with life…

Not the rising from the dead, ghost and vampire kind of life (though there have been stories!) – but rare birds, bees, bats and butterflies, foxes, badgers and insects.

Far from being simply places of mourning, the best of the city’s cemeteries are now sites of natural importance, green lungs in the busy met...

May 15, 2019

A quarter of a century has passed since the first women were ordained to the priesthood by the Church of England.

Revd Dilly Baker, now the Rector at St Mary’s Church in Stoke Newington, played a key role in the campaign – appearing regularly in the media.

Her memories of that landmark day are as clear as ever and she took time to tell her story to the Local Buyers Club.

Dilly’s first foray into work...

March 1, 2019

Centuries of campaigning have helped make Stoke Newington one of London’s most vibrant, community-minded, independent and green neighbourhoods.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, a nature-lover or a shopaholic, our area guide to Stoke Newington gives you the inside track on where’s best to go… from a local’s perspective.

It’s thanks to the dogged determination of locals to protect and improve...

February 5, 2019

Once known as ‘The Devil’s Mile’ (on account of crime levels, drunkenness and prostitution), Upper Street has seen it all.

Originally a hilltop village serving local farmland, Upper Street and Lower Street (as Essex Road was once known) have been in existence since the 12th century. Henry VIII (1491-1547) used to hunt for ducks in the ponds just off Upper Street and writer and explorer Sir Walter R...

October 19, 2018

 

Once known as ‘The Devil’s Mile’ (on account of crime levels, drunkenness and prostitution), Upper Street has seen it all.

 

Originally a hilltop village serving local farmland, Upper Street and Lower Street (as Essex Road was once known) have been in existence since the 12th century. Henry VIII (1491-1547) used to hunt for ducks in the ponds just off Upper Street and writer and explorer Sir Walter...

April 27, 2018

Ever wondered what Church Street was like when horses and carts could still be seen trotting the streets? Or what today’s businesses were in yesteryear?

Stoke Newington history enthusiast Amir Dotan has been rifling through the archives and has collated a fascinating spreadsheet documenting the history of Stoke Newington’s shops. (Spreadsheet here)

(The Red Lion c. 1845)

We’ve looked back at some of...

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